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Telling Stories About SIDS - Mothers' Accounts of Loss

Gurbutt, Dawne J. (2003) Telling Stories About SIDS - Mothers' Accounts of Loss. In: Narrative, Memory and Health. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 37-45.

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      This chapter explores the way in which mothers talk about their infants and
      their experience of grief following the loss of an infant in Sudden Infant Death
      Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers tell stories about their infant and in defining their
      relationship to the dead infant they maintain their own status as mothers. They
      recount their experiences of loss following SIDS which indicate the way they
      felt about themselves as mothers. They describe the ways in which they
      maintain a mothering role following the death of the infant. Mothers include a
      variety of objects, people, words and sites in a network that facilitates the
      telling of particular stories about the infant. Accounts of the infant and
      subsequent sudden death in turn become part of the story of the ‘self’ as
      mother. This chapter addresses the importance of remembering the dead in
      everyday conversation and how the unique characteristics of SIDS influence
      the formation of particular maternal narratives.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
      H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 16:22
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:18


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